A Celebration With Friends

Photo by Erica Yab By Erica Yab I created the set in my garage over the span of two days. Everything is over the top, sparkly, girly and everything I ever dreamed of as a kid. I took reference from the teaser images and track posters for the Special Album: Hello from Park Soo-young. The Sanrio…… Continue reading A Celebration With Friends


The Problem With the Makeover Trope

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Brigita Przybylski ** Warning: Spoilers ahead! ** A woman takes off her glasses, lets down her hair and… BOOM! Magically she’s attractive. Whenever a wardrobe montage or makeover scene comes on screen, I roll my eyes. Not only is the makeover trope in movies dated and offensive, it leads audiences…… Continue reading The Problem With the Makeover Trope

The Sweet Release

Photo by Greta Unetich By Greta Unetich (Title after Iain S. Thomas’s poem The Sweet Release) I am so tired I start to doze off, my head on your living room floor next to a pile of Scrabble tiles, curled up like a cat On an ottoman. I am so tired that the bath towel…… Continue reading The Sweet Release

Beyond Skin Tone

Photo by Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes “I saw you playing outside, under the sun,” my mom would angrily say when she picked me up after school. I listened as she drove our red minivan home. “I told you to stay in the shade!” She would say this a couple of times a week when…… Continue reading Beyond Skin Tone

In Bloom

Photo by Ahri Vi By Ahri Vi Only recently have I been comfortable enough to call myself a late bloomer. I can confess that I used to be embarrassed to admit that– at the age of 23, I had never been in a relationship, never been asked out, or even had my first kiss. This…… Continue reading In Bloom

Alone Together

Photo by Liz Gordon By Liz Gordon For most of my life, I have sought affection from someone else. Whether it’s romantic or not, I always thought it was something only another person can provide.  For some reason, I’ve been convinced I cannot provide enough care for myself in order to feel full and content.…… Continue reading Alone Together

home, unaccompanied

Photo by Rosie Lopolito By Rosie Lopolito Home, Unaccompanied After Monica Youn Gravedigger’s clothes should be splatteredwith cemeteries’ grey-green soil to signal loyalty to the dead, and likewisethis gangrene jumpsuit needs a shroud, dusty embrace from a dryad, blossominginto decay. Cover me, clay crackles, unweighted, unscented, and freefrom the miasma of mud out here— this…… Continue reading home, unaccompanied

The Talk

Photo by Tracy Fuentes By Ash Fuentes I dream of one day having a place of my own to decorate with every aesthetic that my mid-size heart desires. I’d spend money on as many nonessential homely items as I please. I already have the theme of every room picked out in my head, complete with…… Continue reading The Talk

Ratatouille for One

Photo by Jennifer Prewitt By Jennifer Prewitt I’m not so naive that I think a movie can protect me. My childhood home was burglarized twice before I had even finished middle school, both times while my mom and I were away. Both times by someone we knew. In some twisted way, I suppose this could…… Continue reading Ratatouille for One